"Stories, Then and Now" Events Past  Events

 Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Events

Past Book and “Stories” Events


Community Gatherings

From Freedom Summer to Ferguson, Mississippi to Minnesota, we face challenging times. View examples of communities gathering together for reflection and fellowship. Observe the use of the power of story, in diverse artistic forms, to recall and revive the history of Freedom Summer and apply lessons to today’s challenges.


22nd annual Eagan Art Festival Author Booth:
Sale and Signing of The FOG MACHINE

Eagan Central Park, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121



Rosemount High School Library:
Ask the Author, Slide Show, Book Giveaway

Friday, March 4, 7:00 – 7:30 am


The FOG MACHINE Comes to St. James

Kickoff Staff Development Diversity Session: Monday, January 18 at 2:00 pm

Stories Then and Now: SJHS Little Theatre, Monday, January 18 at 6:30 pm

Classroom Engagement with Students in English 151:
Tuesday, January 19 at 8:25 and 10:33 am




Seniors Learning Together—Fall 2015
Monday, October 12, Church of the Risen Savior, Burnsville, 9:30 am
Presentation and conversation with Seniors Learning Together (SALT)

From Freedom Summer to Ferguson, Mississippi to Minnesota, we face challenging times.
Knowing the history of Jim Crow-era Mississippi can help us understand.

Hear the author:

Consider today’s issues in light of movement history

Share her journey from disinterested student of history, to advocate for the power of story



Flex Day at Rosemount High School

Thursday, May 21, Rosemount High, 8:55 – 9:45 am

With African American Registry Founder Ben McHie


Community Engagement in Rosemount

With 1964 Freedom Summer veteran Gail Falk,
Twin Cities educator and activist Jason Sole,
and Minnesota author Susan Follett

 Tuesday, February 17, Rosemount Community Center Auditorium, 6:00 – 8:30 pm


Patrick Henry High

Tuesday, February 17, Patrick Henry High, 1:15 – 2:05



Lit Writing 2 Students at Eagan High

      Wednesday, February 18, Eagan High


Book Groups

“Then and Now” conversation with St. Philip's Lutheran Church book group, Blaine, MN, April 27 MN ISD #196 Secondary Social Studies Teachers Book Study Group
selects The FOG MACHINE for Fall 2015; discussion during January Professional Development Day

St. James, MN Library Book Club, September 28

Possibilities! Book Club, Rosemount, MN, September 19—1st post-publication book group get-together

Reading Reunion Book Group with members of Meridian, Mississippi’s first graduating class under federally mandated desegregation (Meridian/Harris High School class of 1970), April 21 

Conversation with Bagels and Books, Rosemount, MN, March 30

Conversation with Whoa Day Book Club, Mountain Home, AR, March 21

Review and discussion by Portland Chapter of Women Presidents Organization Book Group, February 7

Conversation with St. Paul-area (Farmington) Book Group, January 26

“History from the Heart:  Writing my historical novel, The FOG MACHINE.”  Conversation with Mrs. Symonova’s English Language Learner Writing Workshop at Scott Highland Middle School (Apple Valley, MN), January 5   … See More

Afternoon in Eagan, MN with members of Wescott Library Teen Writers Book Group, November 12

Conversation with Chicago-area (LaGrange) Book Group, September 1

Book Group at the Mercer Island Library, August 21.  An exchange with Seattle-area book groups inspired by Seattle Public Library’s Interracial Dialogue Series.


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